“At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom” 

– Jawaharlal Nehru 

It’s been 72 years since we achieved independence from the Britishers. On the midnight of August 14, 1947, when the first Prime Minister of Independent India, Jawaharlal Nehru talked about freedom then his idea of freedom was with regard to the nation and its independence from a hundred years long rule from Britishers. It was after a long struggle that India got free from British Raj.

It’s been years today, 72 to be exact. The idea of freedom and independence is evolved. Today, it is not just confined to the nation but has become more personal. There are communities fighting for their independence which is completely justified but what the idea of independence today is, is to get freedom (in all aspects) within this independent India. Okay! It’s one’s right to be independent but take a step back and think, WHAT DO WE ACTUALLY DEMAND ON THE NAME OF FREEDOM?

Let me be out till 2 am but I’ll not stand for gay rights

I scrolled down on Quora to check what do people have to say regarding the ‘freedom’ their parents allow. Here is the answer I got and I am sure that most of the youngsters could relate to this:

(Credits: Quora)

Now here is this another quora answer which I think best summarises the situation. (Figures in the answer forbidden):

(Credits: Quora)

Think of what you demand in name of freedom and what you should actually stand for?

We want ‘azaadi’. No, not from patriarchy

It is extremely easy to chant the slogans of azaadi, screaming ‘Kashmir maange azaadi, Bastar maange azaadi‘ but do not we have a government to handle these issues? At the same time, why are there fewer people demanding azaadi from patriarchy? Watch the following video which will explain to you what azaadi do we actually want:

But apart from this, there are people who say:

Britishers hi acche kr gye

Seriously? I agree with the fact that there are a lot many issues even today and we not only need to acknowledge but solve them too but isn’t it way too much when you exaggerate it to ‘Britishers hi theek the’?

For instance, I have heard a number of people saying that the British introduced railways but given their absence, the introduction and development of railways would probably have been very slow. Is this not doubting one’s own capabilities? Do not we have a wide network of metro rails today?

Read about the plight of Indians under the British empire and find out how in our own country, we were no less than slaves. What we have today is a democracy, perfect or not is an altogether a different question. The point is, it’s easy to talk and say that Britishers did well to India. Maybe in terms of infrastructure, they did but think of the cost our national leaders and freedom fighters had to pay. Imagine the plight of our forefathers as slaves!

Just see how the idea of independence is evolved and what we sometimes demand in the name of freedom. Think of what should you should actually ask for and what usually asks.

Above all, be proud to be an Indian.

Happy Independence Day!

 

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